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504Re: [Mendobirds] Reported Black-capped Chickadee - 1/1/03

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  • John Sterling
    Jan 3, 2003
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      Feather wrote:
      "Why would Van Damme be an odd location? Van Damme is mostly riparian
      woodlands and does contain alder stands in places. . ."

      I was referring primarily to Van Damme's location so far south but also considered the lack of extensive riparian flooplain forest that the chickadees prefer. I didn't consider the location impossible because it does have *some* riparian, but not the type that I associate with BCCH.

      sorry for any confusion...

      John

      ----- Original Message -----
      From: Feather Forestwalker
      To: John Sterling ; mendobirds@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Friday, January 03, 2003 10:39 AM
      Subject: Re: [Mendobirds] Reported Black-capped Chickadee - 1/1/03


      Why would Van Damme be an odd location? Van Damme is mostly riparian
      woodlands and does contain alder stands in places. . .

      John Sterling wrote:

      >This would be a great record, but I would expect a wandering BCCH to be found in riparian willows/alders in the northernmost part of the county. Seems like an odd location to me, but not impossible.
      >
      >Interesting to note that BCCHs have been expanding their range south along the California coast for the past 20 years. They use to be rare in the Humboldt Bay region, now they are the dominant chickadee in riparian areas there. They have also colonized the Eel River bottoms within the past 20 years. The slow march south may take them eventually to the Mattole River and then a big leap to Mendocino!!
      >
      >John
      >

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